A group of people at my gun club have shown some interest in defensive pistol shooting with an eye to competing in IDPA. This Sunday we had eight shooters and shot a few different courses of fire (COF's). Since the snow makes our footing a bit treacherous we mostly did static shooting until the snow was tramped down.
I generally turned in the best times on the COF's but I've been shooting about 500 rounds a month for the last 6 months or so and most of the shooters are a bit behind on the practice curve. I'm sure they'll catch up and surpass my paltry skill level. I also had the opportunity to fire a few guns, a High Point JHP45 ACP, a Russian SVT-40, an STI 2011 IPSC race gun, and a .40 S&W Gen 3 Glock 23.
My favorite gun was the Glock 23 with 180GR bullet. I also shot a 200GR load and I found that it hammered the frame into the web of my thumb. The fellow whose Glock I was shooting preferred the 200GR load an obvious case of YMMV.
The IPSC race gun was fun but the compensator and the very hot 9mm loads made it a gun I wouldn't enjoy shooting all the time. I must admit though that the .8lb trigger pull and the very minimal takeup
I also did a 3" group at 50 yards with my .45-70 GOV. Ruger No.1 shooting offhand. Yes this is just luck, but the gun was shooting very well in the cold.
The low-point of the day was the Hi-Point in .45ACP. The owner was complaining that he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside. The owner has a bit of nerve damage in one hand and thought that might be the problem but I notice that it was keyholing when I was patching his targets. He slugged the bore on Monday and wrote me that the bore was oversized. Well done Hi-Point! I had been considering a Hi-Point carbine in .45ACP but now I'm not.
Overall I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and I have a core of about four shooters with about four drop-ins each session. It looks like I'm going to have to organize a new shooter orientation course and a qualifier for the spring. <Happy Dance>